Independently Owned… Independently Minded
Arran is both beautiful and unique. With its mountains, lowlands, glens, lochs and royal castles, it has all the scenery of Scotland and affectionately known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’. The Isle of Arran Distillery was built in the foothills of the village of Lochranza in 1994 and the first spirit ran from the stills on 29th June 1995 bringing legal distillation back to Arran after more than 150 years. The Distillery was a brand new enterprise and since that first day in June 1995 when the first ever cask was filled, it has gone on to produce a world class Single Malt Whisky which has won international acclaim. Isle of Arran Distillers remains the only whisky producer on the island and they are the proud owners of two stunning Single Malt distilleries, one in the north and one in the south of the island. Lagg Distillery opened in June 2019 and is home to the future heavily-peated Lagg Single Malt. These are certainly exciting times for this innovative island company who are celebrating their 25th Anniversary year throughout 2020.
Every drop of Arran Single Malt starts its life as rainwater which pools at Loch na Davie in the beautiful hill high above the distillery. The clear water cascades down the hillside, through six unassuming waterfalls, each one purifying the water further. The name of the burn, Easan Biorach, means ‘Sharp Waterfalls’ in Gaelic. The purity of the water, means that the distilling team can create a clean, sweet dram which is entirely natural and unadulterated. Double-distilled from un-peated malt, Arran Single Malt is matured in both ex-Sherry and ex-Bourbon casks for perfect balance. The result is a fuller bodied dram with a delightful sweet-fruity character that shows maturity far beyond its years. They only use the traditional methods of distilling, with wooden washbacks and copper stills, designed to their exact specification. The Arran Single Malts are mostly made from un-peated Malt, with the exception of the 2 expressions of their peated Machrie Moor Single Malts, and they don’t use caramel for artificial coloring. All of their Single Malts are non-chill filtered, which means they’re natural in pigment and exactly the way whisky should be! This is a massive achievement this forward-thinking 100% Scottish distillery and they are proud to carry the history of whisky distilling on the Isle of Arran into the modern whisky market all over the world; their Single Malt is now distributed in around 50 different worldwide markets and this network is growing every year.
Euan Mitchell, Managing Director of Isle of Arran Distillers says “We are a proudly independent Scottish company, and great care and attention is given to making sure that our Single malt remains true to its roots. We are one of the few remaining independent distilleries in Scotland, free of corporate chains, and this authenticity and desire to stay in close touch with our consumers makes us stand out from the crowd. Our whiskies are full of personality – we are not just independently owned, we are also independently minded.”
The classic Arran 10 Year Old Single Malt encompasses the unique taste of the beautiful island of Arran and is one of the best single malt whiskies Scotland has to offer. 46% ABV
- Nose: Luscious citrus fruits
- Palate: The initial rush of rich vanilla sweetness gives way to a touch of cinnamon which adds a spicy edge to the soft and sweet texture. The classic Arran citrus notes have rounded with age and reveal new depths of character against a background of sweet oak.
- Finish: Sweetness, apple, citrus, cinnamon
- Gold Medal | International Wine & Spirit Competition 2019
- Gold Medal | World Whiskies Awards 2019
- Double Gold Medal | San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018
Isle of Arran Distillers is the only whisky company to produce a Single Malt which is officially endorsed by the World Burns Federation. Partnered with the Federation since 1998, we have the authorization to use Burns's likeness and signature on our Single Malts in recognition of being the closest Distillery to Burns's birthplace of Alloway in Ayrshire. Burns indeed would have seen Arran most days from his home village.
This light aromatic Single Malt is ideal for drinking prior to or during a meal. Very fresh with no artificial coloring, this beautifully packaged malt is made for easy drinking. 43% ABV
- Nose: Fresh vanilla and cinnamon
- Palate: Sweet and creamy with notes of honey, toffee-glazed pecans and fresh summer fruits.
- Finish: Sweetness, apple, citrus
The Arran Single Malt selected for this cask strength expression was initially matured in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels for 7 years before being transferred for secondary maturation into smaller Quarter casks also made of the finest American oak for a further 2 years. The process of transferring our whisky into the smaller 125 liter sized casks for their final 2 years of maturation produces far greater contact between the whisky & oak and a faster, more intense maturation.
The end result is a full-bodied expression of Arran Single Malt combining power and finesse full of rich vanilla sweetness and bold peppery spice. Bottling at natural Cask Strength without chill-filtration or artificial coloring of any sort presents this whisky in its purest form. Small casks would have been a common feature of the Arran whisky trade in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as they were easier to handle and transport around the island. With our much-loved Quarter Cask expression we proudly bring this tradition back to life. 53.2% ABV
- Nose: Apple tart, pineapple brioche
- Palate: The citrus hallmarks of Arran welcome you, and the sweet spice of cinnamon and vanilla promises a memorable dram.
- Finish: Sweetness, honey, pineapple, vanilla, coconut
- Category Winner | World Whiskies Awards 2019
On the west coast of the Isle of Arran lies a windswept and mystical peat bog called Machrie Moor. Bronze Age stone circles and standing stones are strewn across its barren, undulating terrain. One of the stone circles is known as Fingal’s Cauldron Seat, where sits a stone with a carved hole. The legendary warrior giant Fingal is said to have tethered his favorite dog Bran to this stone. This peated expression of the Arran Single Malt perfectly captures the rugged beauty and lore of the landscape. Unleash the legend that is Marchrie Moor.
Bottled at 46% without chill filtration or added coloring, this peated Arran Single Malt displays all the freshness of our island house style, with an added puff of smoke and earthiness. Since 2019, all peated production of whisky on the island is being done by our sister distiller at Lagg. This is your change to taste some of the original peated whisky from Arran, produced in Lochranza, before it is all gone. 46% ABV
- Nose: Light smoke and citrus
- Palate: Dried grass, peat smoke and hints of vanilla and tropical fruit.
- Finish: Citrus, smoke, peat, pineapple
To achieve this rich partnership, the traditional Arran Single Malt is matured in oak casks for eight years and is then ‘finished’ in a selection of Sauternes wine casks. The Bordeaux sweet white wine casks are specifically selected by the Master Distiller from a talented small producer to ensure the notes from both wine and whisky make the perfect marriage. If you’re looking for something that shows off the sweeter side of Arran Single Malt this is a perfect choice. It pairs beautifully with creamy toffee or fudge based desserts. 50% ABV
- Nose: Honey sweetness and citrus
- Palate: Richly honeyed and backed with a lifting zestiness which slides into spice and zingy salt. Once the dram opens out, vanilla and sultana stand out followed by notes of toasted oak.
- Finish: Sweetness, honey, apricots, melon, honeysuckle
After initially maturing in traditional oak casks over a number of years, The Arran Single Malt in this bottling was ‘finished’ in a selection of Amarone wine casks. The wine casks used in this bottling were sourced from an artisan producer of Amarone wine in the Veneto region of Italy.
A luxurious Italian wine meets a complex and vibrant Scottish character - there is a lot of love and appreciate about this Single Malt and you will enjoy every dram. 50% ABV
- Nose: Cherry, turkish delight, chocolate
- Palate: Poached pears, touch of cranberry and honey
- Finish: Sweetness, pears, turkish delight, cherries, dark chocolate
After initially maturing in traditional oak casks for approximately 8 years, The Arran Single Malt in this bottling was finished in a selection of Port casks sourced from an artisan producer of this iconic Portuguese fortified wine.
The maturation process was monitored under the watchful eye of our Master Distiller, to ensure that the Port casks and the intrinsic character of The Arran Single Malt partnered with each other perfectly. The end result is a combination that's full of charm and rich flavour, and a wonderful way to discover more about the Arran range of Single Malts. 50% ABV
- Nose: Cinnamon, baked apples
- Palate: Vanilla spice, ripe citrus & dried fruits and nuttiness. With a splash of water more depth of mandarin citrus with fudge and honeyed notes.
- Finish: Spice, bitter orange, chocolate, cherries